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Girl on computerInternet Survival Kit

Akara Ingram, Intern, Center on Adolescent Sexuality, Pregnancy and Parenting (CASPP), Human Development & Family Studies, University of Missouri Extension


What is Technology?
Computers, cell phones, pagers, MP3 players/IPODS, hand-held video games, and other mobile devices.

Everyone’s doing it! It is estimated that…

  • 55% of kids aged 8 to 18 own a hand-held video game
  • 45% of kids aged 8 to 18 have a cell phone with text messaging
  • 37% of kids aged 8 to 18 own a MP3 Player
  • 26% of kids aged 8 to 18 have a laptop
  • 13% of kids aged 8 to 18 have some type of hand-held internet device

Can’t live with them…Can’t live without them…

  • 60% of 6th graders reported using the internet; by 7th grade, usage increased to 82%
  • 94% of teens report using the internet by the time they reach the 11th or 12th grade

What can they possibly be doing??

  • Email: 89% of the time
  • Movies/TV show info: 84% of the time
  • Online video games: 81% of the time
  • Instant Messaging (IM): 75% of the time
  • Downloading music: 51% of the time
  • Online purchases: 43% of the time

My Child would NEVER….

  • It is reported that 11 million teens view porn regularly online; 70% of whom find it “by accident”
  • One-third (1/3) of kids in grades 7th to 12th say they are older in order to gain access to a website
  • 42% of parents DO NOT review or monitor the content that their kids read/send online

Why are parents not monitoring?

  • Keeping up is hard to do
  • Kids access the internet on their own
  • Kids have more computer smarts than their parents

Parents: Don’t become a statistic…

  • Have kids access the computer from a common area in your home
  • Use internet filters
  • Set time limits for online use

Kids: Don’t become a statistic…

  • NEVER give personal information to anyone you meet online
  • NEVER get together with someone you meet online
  • Do not fill out “fun” questionnaires that are forwarded…even if they are from your friends
  • Make sure you know everyone on your buddy list
  • If you don’t know who sent the email, don’t respond. Just delete
  • Private? What’s that? It does not exist on the internet
  • Be careful of the pictures you post. If you don’t want your parents, teacher, pastor, or future college advisor to see it, it may not be a good idea to post it
  • Never share your password with anyone except your parents

Is my child ready for this?

  • Ages 7-9: Some kids will want to start emailing. IM (instant messaging) is not a good idea.
  • Age 10-12: Children will begin to explore on their own for school and for fun. IMing comes into play here for the first time - more so for girls than for boys.
  • Ages 13-16: The Full Monty! It’s entirely age-appropriate for this group to email, IM, surf the Web, download, and play games. However, Parents, make sure your kids know your rules.

How can you become a cool media savvy parent?

  1. Visit an online social networking site (facebook or myspace, for example).
  2. Play a video game with your kid.
  3. Download something your kids will like.
  4. Check out You/Tube. (
  5. Invest in a digital video recorder (DVR)
  6. Learn how to manage your kids online lives




Data as of 2005: Kaiser Family Foundation
Common sense Media 2006



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